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if taxes go up in 2013. host: flags all around washington, d.c. are at half staff this morning like the one you are feeling on the capital. good morning and welcome to "washington journal." for the first hour we will be talking about the aftermath of the shooting of in newtown, conn that happened yesterday. we will talk about the actions of the teachers. we will get into discussion about gun-control. that always seems to come up after situations like this. we would like for you to get involved in the conversation. the numbers are on the screen. we want to hear from teachers and people who work in the classrooms, principals and vice principals, people connected with education to find your thoughts on what happened yesterday. the actions of the teachers. how safe are in america's schools and america's schoolchildren. this is how the story is being played this morning on the front page of the "new york daily news." this is the way it is being reported this morning in "the wall street journal." the president talked about the shootings at the elementary school calling it a hate crime and vowing
are always relatively optimistic about the economy, but even after last night and what we in washington? >> sure. you know, yes, the fiscal cliff is coming. we have known him for a long time. the dow is still over 13,000. it is not just because the market thinks we have the great deal ever. tax rates will go up. we will have deficits, as far as the eye can see. by the way, we had pretty darn good news on personal income and spending and durable goods today. the economy is hanging in there, as well. connell: i thought it would be interesting to watch the close, because to me, maybe a deal is more likely after last night because the speaker, if anything, lost his leverage. how do you view that part of it? >> in the end, there is really an infinite number of outcomes. we believeethere is really just about 25% chance that we just go over the cliff unimpeded. the sequestration happens and all of the tax hikes. some kind of deal will probably get done. if the house were to pass that bill, it could go into law. it would keep dividend and tax rates from going higher. they just cannot reach a de
washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and pushed aside. this a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms, right now. >> shepard: the president said the second amendment does guarantee an individual's right to bear arms. he believes the vast majority of gun owners in america are responsible. >> i am also betting that the majority the vast majority of law abiding gun owners would be the first to say that we should be able to keep a few law breaking. >> shepard: specifically the president is hinting at military style assault weapons and high ammunition clips. most americans support background checks before all gun purchases involving those private dealers. he addede need to work to make access to mental healthcare as easy as access to guns. and we need a closer look at a culture that glorifies guns and violence as he put it of course we have seen mass shootings over and over again. the president ticked off a long list today. and we have heard outrage and vows for
. first signs of a changing dynamic in washington. many believe friday's unspeakable acts in connecticut could mark a tipping point. the "washington post" reporting that president obama ordered cabinet members to order proposals to curb gun violence, a push that could include a new ban on assault rifles. sources say vice president joe biden will spearhead that effort. still the white house press secretary jay carney wasn't ready to unveil specifics. >> it's a complex problem that will require complex solution. no single piece of legislation no single action will fully address the problem. so i don't have a specific agenda to announce to you today. >> one of the nation's leading proponents for gun regulation, mayor michael bloomberg, said he is prepared to use his own personal fortune for this cause. adding there's simply no need to wait for another tragedy to happen. >> if the massacre in tucson wasn't enough to make our national leaders act, and if the more recent bloodshed in aurora, colorado, oak creek, wisconsin, portland, oregon and other towns wasn't enough, perhaps this slaughter
is that? tom foreman is in washington to speculate. good morning. >> reporter: hi, carroll. we don't know what that means. there's been speculation it will have something to do with mental health issues because certainly at a lot of local levels people talked about that on the republican side. people on the conservative side saying that has to be addressed as much, perhaps more than the gun issue itself. so we're expecting that may be the direction to go but the truth is we don't really know. what we do know is that the nra was quiet immediately after this. they often are after such incidents and they usually say as they did this time out of respect for the community and the family involved but now that a little bit of time has passed what we would certainly expect here is that there would be a clear message to the white house and to others which is be careful about overreacting at this point because the nra will push back and certainly they have proven that politically they have the power to do it not only nationally but certainly at the state level. carol? >> tom foreman reporting live
the 2012 presidential campaign. we will be live with your calls, tweets, and e-mails, "washington journal" is next. ♪ host: good morning , president obama is in hawaii this weekend for the christmas holiday with his family. he will join a congressional delegation later today led by harry reid in services in holland -- in honolulu for late senator daniel inouye passed away last week that congress will return monday to continue fiscal negotiations. we will look at the options ahead for the president as the january deadline looms but we want to begin with your comments on another debate front and center in washington following the tragic shooting in newtown, conn. -- that is gun-control. "the washington post" said a bitter fight ahead. the numbers are on your screen. we look at some of the headlines on the sunday morning beginning with "the connecticut post." - you can see the flag remaining at half staff outside one of the churches in newtown, conn. following the burial of 20 children and six women killed about a week and a half ago. this is from the front page of today's "new yor
elementary school will at long last be enough. we have made our voices heard and hold washington accountable for facing up to the epidemic of gun violence in our country. if this moment passes into memory without action from washington, it will be a stain upon our nation's commitment to protecting the innocent including our children. this is not a partisan issue. this is just a bunch of people who i think are cowed by the nra. as i said yesterday, do you think the nra has power? just remember the number one priority was to defeat barack obama. last time i checked he will be inaugurated again. >> mayor bloomberg will be live on "morning joe" later this morning. two leading democrats who have earned high praise from the national rifle association are now rethinking their stance on guns. last night senator mark warner of virginia became the latest to call for action. >> i've been a long-time supporter of second amendment rights. you know, i believe every american has second amendment rights, and the ability to hunt and it's part of our culture. i had an nra rating of an "a." but, you know, enou
cliff deal. and is it mitch mcconnell to the rescue. live in washington on the 11th hour negotiations. >> and did you know about to fall off the dairy cliff? >> juliet: have you seen the prices? >> dave: as high as 8 bucks a gallon for milk. >> clayton: oak ridge boys bush. special number tribute for number 41. "fox & friends" begins right now. >> am i wrong about that don't the have a deep voice? ♪ >> oak ridge boys have been on this show many times on "fox & friends." >> good morning, everyone. >> dave: good morning. juliet huddy celebrating an early new year's eve. is it new year's eve? >> juliet: sparkly shoes and everything. i feel like we are waking up at 4:00 in the morning on saturday i better be festive. >> clayton: that's what woke me up this morning. >> juliet: this is a beautiful set it has inspired me. >> dave: it's spectacular. >> juliet: it is. >> dave: it's fiscal cliff time. couple of days away. rare i wake up and say i'm moderately optimistic but that's what the president said. you are either optimistic or you are not. the president said he is modestly optimistic a
that was inside the prison. megyn: there is a growing belief in washington and wall street that nearly every single american is a step closer to seeing their taxes go up in the new year. chris stirewalt joins us on what you can expect coming up next in the effort to head off that big tax hike. let's look at the picture that we have of chris. he is about 30 pounds heavier than the normal here. chris stirewalt, i'm sorry. okay, we will show you the live version. [laughter] plus, troubling research today on the number of surgical errors in america. doctor siegel is next on what doctors and hospitals and patients can take away from this. as the nation pauses to remember the victims and newtown, a very powerful focus group and suggestions on how parents can help their children cope with the tragedy. >> we had the nra called for an armed police officer. i don't want to make it a gun to be because we partied on. would that make you feel better? without bringing comfort? in fact, in a recent survey, 95% of people who tried it agreed that it relieved their headache fast. visit fastreliefchallenge.com
freed after a firefight. martha raddatz has details from washington. what a dramatic escape. >> reporter: it certainly is. richard is a very experienced foreign correspondent. and he had been inside syria before. he and his crew were grabbed after crossing into northwest syria last thursday. there had been no communication with them, no contact, no ransom demands. they were thrown in the back of a truck, bound and blindfolded, although not physically harmed. then yesterday, as the captors were moving them to a new location, they were stopped at a rebel checkpoint. there was a confrontation. and then, the firefight broke out. in that firefight, two of the captors were killed and several others escaped. but richard and his crew were rescued. the syrian rebels then drove him to the border to safety. all are in good health, fortunately. george? >> thank goodness for that. what do we know about the group that took them hostage? >> we know very little about the group. but they were not believed to be loyal to the assad regime, nor were those who rescued him. there's so many rebel groups in tha
a real cliffhanger. members of the house are now leaving washington, now that a republican plan offered by house speaker john boehner, called plan b, was put aside. it simply did not have enough support to pass. boehner's plan would have raised taxes on those earning more than $1 million a year. after pulling the bill, boehner said it's now up to president obama and the senate to find a way to avoid the cliff. so there's no way to get a plan through the house based on republican support. that is the political lesson from this. but the day before, they said this is going to pass and then yanked it because the support in that chamber was not there. so i don't know quite where it goes from here. no one does. and now it's time for christmas break. so they get back and have less than a week to get something done before january. >> and the president isn't going to hawaii now, right? >> the last i heard, it was still up in the air. you can't imagine he would have a vacation now. or any of them shouldn't have a vacation now. but we don't know. so cliff hanger is the right word for sure. >>> now
with me. i'm brooke baldwin here in atlanta. time to go, as we always do, to washington. "the situation room" with wolf blitzer begins right now. hey, wolf. >> hi, brooke. thanks very much. happening now, the connecticut shooting investigation appears to be moving into a new phase at one crime scene. stand by. >>> a blizzard, rain, and high winds. a winter storm is on the move and holiday travel potentially could be taking a big hit. information you need to know. >>> and a new hollywood film about the hunt for osama bin laden is getting a terrible review from three united states senators. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." right now, the house of representatives is getting closer to a showdown vote on the house speaker's plan to avoid that so-called fiscal cliff. it's a high stakes bargaining chip in the negotiations with president obama and it comes only 12 days before automatic tax hikes and spending cuts go into effect. that could take a painful toll on the u.s. economy. let's go to capitol hill. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is standing by with the
. so what do you think brings ben affleck to washington? >>> plus new details on the investigation in connecticut. what the chief medical examiner plans to look at that could help answer the question, why. ♪ the weather outside is frightful ♪ ♪ but the fire is so delightful ♪ nothing melts away the cold like a hot, delicious bowl of chicken noodle soup from campbell's. ♪ let it snow, let it snow can i still ship a gift in time r christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. jon: breaking right now. a scary situation in scottsdale, arizona. a school under lockdown there. police received reports of an armed suspect at a middle school there this morning. right now officers are searching the area, still looking for this person thought to have had a gun. the students have been told to assemble at a nearby church. there are side by side schools there. pardon me while i read this off the latest computer information. the actual alert came from the a
of the mid-west. and not if >> not a washington d.c. we have learned that house republicans have postponed their vote on their own fiscal cliff bill. the mess known as " plan b " reggie it was -- known as plan b. >> that probably means that the republicans to not have enough votes to pass plan b. this is the first voting cast that would avert cuts. this would extend bush era cuts for everybody making $1 million. those making more would have to pay a higher tax brea rate. senator kerry reid is saying that he is not going going to discuss plan b. senator-harry reed is not going to discuss plan b and already president obama is warning that he would have vetoed it. >> we are getting closer and michael you have a sense of humor about this. we have to understand what is happening with the physical let for a really quick synopsis what is planned be and what did they not want to bring it to the floor of the fiscal cliff? >> that was the millionaire tax increase. but that is one of the problems with the bill. problem is that house speaker, peter said that he did not have the sufficient number john
. this november, maine, washington and maryland became the first is to approve a marriage by popular vote. same-sex marriages are already taking place in washington state. maryland will begin issuing marriage licenses on tuesday. >> we will be right back. >> welcome back. here is a live look outside on our van ness will scan. >> we're taking a look is storm tracker 4. we are still in dealing with sprinkles outside. it really is not too much. the rain is tapering off and this is a view from our mountain cam. the skies are born to clear in the evening hours. we are seeing cooler air pushing through. it will be a very chilly night tonight. we're still dealing with scattered sprinkles and they should clear within the next few hours. in afternoon will see the skies clear and will have a brick of sun. as for your temperature everyone is out of the 30's. about 47 degrees and napa and 42 currently in concord. it will be low fifties for the coast at about 53 degrees for san francisco on the next forecast i will take a look at what is expected for the rest of the weekend. >> in other bay area and knows.
, it's a rain maker for new york, philadelphia and washington, but then that moves out by tomorrow afternoon. >> just so i make it home to see mom. >> you'll get there. >> i hope so. thanks, alexandra. >>> two state department officials employees of hillary clinton are testifying right now before the house and senate committees after that blistering report on exactly what went wrong in benghazi, the committee headed by thomas pickering and admiral mike mullen. admiral mullen had this to say. >> while we did not find that any individual u.s. government employee engaged in willful misconduct or knowingly ignored his or her responsibilities, we did conclude that certain state department bureau level senior officials in critical positions of authority and responsibility in washington demonstrated a lack of leadership and management ability appropriate for senior ranks in their responses to security concerns posed by the special mission. >> a total of four senior state department officials have either resigned or placed on administrative leave in the wake of this report but what about s
. >> peter doocy joins us live from washington with the very latest as we see video of the president hopping on board air force one, right? >> that's right, clayton. president obama popped in to the james brady briefing room at the white house yesterday at about 5:30 and basically said that since the american people in november voted for democratic control of the white house and the senate and republican control of the house. lawmakers need to compromise but he also made clear as of right now when it comes to the fiscal cliff and avoiding it, there is no deal. >> so as we leave town for a few days to be with our families for the holidays, i hope it gives everybody some perspective. everybody can cool off. everybody can drink some eggnog, have some christmas cookies, sing some christmas carols. enjoy company of loved ones. and then i would ask every member of congress while they're back home to think about that. think about the obligations we have to the people who sent us here. think about the hardship that some americans will endure if congress does nothing at all. >> it was just a few minu
the white house for a vigil. many belong to a gun control group who happen to be in washington for a training conference. they chanted, lit candles and pleaded for action. >> as we said there is still information coming out from authorities in connecticut. >> we are in new town where that press conference ended and authorities promising more information with in the hour. what have we learned? >> reporter: a couple of nuggets came out of this press conference that stood out. the lieutenant paul vance with the state police here in connecticut saying that they collected some very good evidence that could point to a motive in all of this but he wouldn't say what that evidence was specifically. again, saying it's good evidence that may fill in some blanks. he went onto talk about the shooter and that he was not voluntarily let inside of the school. in the words of the lieutenant he forced his way into the school so that is something that we know here now as well. of course we have heard some of the 911 calls in which a caller describes hearing gun shots as well as seeing glass sha
to turn back to washington where president obama did speak today about the tragedy in his emotional press conference, talking as commander in chief and as father of two young daughters. here abc's chief white house correspondent jake tapper now. >> reporter: as flags were lowered to half-staff at the white house this afternoon. >> our hearts are broken today. >> reporter: president obama reacted not as a president, but as a parent. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. >> reporter: it was an emotional side of the president rarely seen in public. he repeatedly wiped away tears and paused to compose himself. >> the majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. >> reporter: it was almost two years ago the president was called to be consoler in chief after a different act of gun violence in tucson where congresswoman gabby giffords was shot and six others were killed. >> we
if the nature of this crime and the age of the victims might create the debate in washington that could push legislation along. >> it's possible, but many people thought that would happen after the shootings in aurora, colorado, this summer, after congresswoman gabrielle giffords was shot along with so many others. more than a year ago. but that didn't happen. in fact, congressional leaders today and the president were so reluctant to bring up this issue that their aides said today was not the day to discuss it. that infuriated gun control advocates, scott, who said if today isn't the day, what is? >> pelley: nancy, thanks very much. today's shooting in connecticut is painfully familiar to people today's shooting in connecticut is painfully familiar to people in little ton, colorado.,,,,,,,, >> >> pelley: one of the parents of a sand ree hook, elementary student said today that he always thought newtown, connecticut, was the safest place in america. folks in littleton, colorado, once thought the same about their town. until the shooting at columbine. 13 years later, barry petersen reports th
with a hammer, so say the police. according to the washington post, the shooter had no social media profile. one former classmate said he had been home schooled for a time before attending the local high school. but, again, the investigation to the shooter is on going and a complete profile may not emerge for days or weeks yet. investigators hope to learn as much as they can by learning of the survivors of the massacre. today, we learned that two adults survived friday's shooting instead of the one that was previously reported. also, contrary to some earlier reports, a state police spokesperson says the shooter had no connection to the school either to his mother or to himself. sandy hook elementary school is closed indefinitely. school officials say it's unclear if the school will ever reopen. moving trucks were seen outside the school this morning. moving furniture and supplies to a vacant school in a neighboring town. in newtown today, the first two funerals for victims, both of them 6-year-old boys, noah pozner and jack pinto. jack was buried in a new york giants football jersey. victor cruz
it would rise, the policy conclusions that people come to, washington would now be on fire with policy discussions. with official policy discussions about -- and no one would say don't politicize the tragedy of someone named abdullah mutallab walking into a school. >> that's what honors the children and the mother of adam lanza who was killed. right before the first presidential debate, i went to virginia tech. colin goddard, one of the victims, one of the 33 who didn't die but has three bullets in him you today. took me through the place where he was shot up and where his teachers were killed at virginia tech. i was with him because the next day, president obama and mitt romney would be holding their first debate at the university of denver, and he was leading the campaign, to get the moderator, jim lehrer, the pbs host, to ask the question about gun violence. after all, the debate was taking place in colorado. you had oaurora about that. tens of thousands of signatures, was a question asked? no. >> and basically both candidates did everything they could to not address guns. it was li
, but this is where washington struggles the most with itself. when you have issues that transcend something that can be legislated, when you have, essentially, a broken culture and you have these deep and abiding problems, yes, there are things that the federal government can do. democrats say fund mental health programs, republicans say make it easier to commit people when they look dangerous, but even those things take a long time. they don't happen in a month. megyn: even to study it. i mean, i'm not saying -- who knows whether we need federal action or not, but just to have a team of experts, the best team of experts pulled together, that is something the white house has the power to do and have them look at this and try to examine this guy, this shooter falls within no sort of known boxes because it doesn't look like he really was in the criminal justice system, doesn't look like there was necessarily a doctor under whose care he was. we haven't been able to confirm that he was ever on any meds. it just seems like he was an odd guy with asperger's system who was deteriorating, and the question
the lack of progress on "fiscal cliff" negotiations in washington. on wall street today. the dow fell 36-points. the nasdaq dropped 21- points. and the s-and-p- 500 lost six points. no update on the fiscal negotiations. because of the elementary school shooting in new- town, connecticut. today - republican house speaker john boehner canceled the weekly republican address. saying in a news release --- quote -- "so that president obama can speak for the entire nation at this time of mourning." he also added, he joins the president - and all americans - in sending prayers and condolences to the victims' loved ones. >>jacqueline: this live look at the satellite and radar. we did see some light rain. we will see similar conditions and a bit of a break. clearing skies and cooler temperatures, overnight. offshore, in other rainfall with tomorrow that you can see on futurecast. as we see it is light. not as widespread as we've seen with previous storms. shower early showery but not until 5:00 a.m. on the sunday. temperatures tomorrow in a very cold morning because of the clear skies. 33 and fair
reached in washington. to avoid the "fiscal cliff". that was before a vote on tax increases stalled in the house. on wall street. the dow strong afternoon session. the nasdaq rose six points. and the s-and-p-500 gained eight. the new york stock exchange may soon have new ownership. >> your forecast, coming up [ male announcer ] if you're ready to get more from your tv service, now's a great time to get at&t u-verse tv. make the switch. [ female announcer ] call now to get at&t u-verse tv for only $29 a month for 6 months, with a total home dvr included free for life. plus, add hbo and cinemax and get the first three months free. [ male announcer ] with u-verse tv, you can record four shows at once with the total home dvr that lets you play back, pause, or rewind your shows from any room. get over 170 hd channels. that's more than cable. [ female announcer ] call now to get at&t u-verse tv for only $29 a month for 6 months, with a total home dvr included free for life. plus, add hbo and cinemax, and get the first three months free. [ male announcer ] and now, exclusively from at&t, o
this goes out. >> and we are monitoring this hearing and in washington. the chairman of the senate foreign relations committed senator john kerry who will most likely be the next secretary of state says that mistakes were made at the state department in the deadly september 11th assault in libya, but congress shares some of the blame. senator john kerry spoke at the start of thursday's hearings. he says an independent pro pulls no punches about the lack of security at the u.s. diplomatic mission in benghazi. but kerrey also faults lawmakers for failing to provide sufficient funds to the state department. for state department officials have already resigned under pressure after a damning report blamed higher ups for the lack at the mission. >> his share of the deputies and santa clara are searching for the gunmen. who fired shots at a marine recruiters car on highway 85 in cooper tino. here is video from skyes 7 h d abc 7 news. you concede that the lanes for back up in cupertino near de anza boulevard. although the car was shot multiple times, the recruiter was not hurt. the marine continue
this morning in fort washington. police say the robbers demanded cash cash and jewelry and the home opener was taken to the hospital wi with a gunshot wouldn't wound t the the back and he's expected to be okay. okay. >> w >> weather and traffic for you ri right after this. [ male announcer ] there are plenty of reasons to be jolly at the chevy year-end event because chevy's giving more. more efficiency with sonic and cruze... more function in equinox and traverse... more dependability with the legendary silverado... and more style in the all-new malibu. chevy's giving more at the year-end event because 'tis the season. chevy's giving more. this holiday season, get a 2013 cruze ls for around $149 per month or get $500 holiday bonus cash. >>> good morning, damp and chi chilly around most of the region an and we're in the 40s to near 50 de degrees. pa patchy fog and areas west of i-95. mi mid day, gusts to around 30 mil miles an hour and highs reaching the the upper 50s and tomorrow, lots of of sunshine, wind and rain like likely on thursday afternoon and into the evening and then windy and c
in washington. there is a vigil outside the white house and a lot of people are gathering right now. the president ordered all flags flown at half-staff until december 18th. you can see the pictures coming in from the white house. these are people who want gun control and they are holding a vigil outside the white house right now inside the white house. a little while ago, president obama went into the briefing room to address the american people and became very emotional. >> this afternoon i spoke with governor malloy and fbi director mullen. i offered governor malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, couple their families. we have endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years and each time i learn the news, i react not as a president, bz anybody else would, as a parent. that was especially true today. i know there is not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were child
in seattle, washington, five people killed and one wounded with a 45 caliber handgun. on july 20th, in a movie theater in aurora 50 people killed with a ar semiautomatic rifle. and then a temple at a sikh temple. and then four days ago at a mall in portland oregon, two killed and one wounded with an ar-15 s semiautomatic rifle. yesterday december 14th, at an elementary school in newtown, connecticut, 20 children, and 66 adults killed and one person wounded. two semiautomatic handguns and rifle caliber shell casings were found at the scene. that is only a partial list for one year. each time the sound of gun fire followed by our nation's silence about gun policy. at the table with me is msnbc contributor ari melder, and joy reid and our mental health expe expert. michael, i want to start with you. to have a conversation about gun control, it seems that certain guns will increase body counts full stop. >> what do you need it for? none of us need the highly technical forms of weaponry available now, and distressingly so to any person, especially a mentally ill person who does not have
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